A healthier life starts with good exerciseHere on Smartlife, our focus is mostly on how you can leverage technology to your advantage, particularly when it comes to productivity. We’ll take a look at the variety of Android and iPhone apps that can better organize your life, for example, so you can stay focused on the tasks at hand. These are all very useful, but they won’t mean very much if you’re not leading a healthier life too.

If you don’t take care of your body, your mind will suffer. This has been demonstrated time and time again, so what can you do in your own home (and home office) to improve your personal health and wellness? Once again, technology just may come to the rescue.

Tracking Everything You Eat and Drink

Track Calories with the SITU Smart Scale

Track Calories with the SITU Smart Scale

Diet and exercise at the very core of living a healthier life. Far too many of us get caught up eating all sorts of processed foods with far too much sodium and fat content. There are many smartphone apps you can use to count your calories, but you’ve got to determine the nutritional information of the food you’re eating in the first place. To help with that, you might consider investing in a SITU smart scale. It can actually measure the calories and nutrition information of the food you place on it, communicated to you via the tablet app. Similarly, you might think about getting a Vessyl to measure the various liquids that you choose to drink too.

Drink More and Better Water

By now, we’ve all heard the common advice about how we should all be drinking at least eight glasses of water a day as part of an overall plan for a healthier life. Depending on where you live, tap water may be adequate, while some people like to use a range of water purifiers. One of the more interesting water facts that you may not know about are the added benefits of drinking ionized water (sometimes called alkaline water) instead. The higher pH is said to provide a myriad of health benefits, like giving you more energy and neutralizing the many acidic foods in your diet.

Switch to a Standing or Walking Desk

Working at a Standing Desk (Image credit: jsmjr / Flickr)

Working at a Standing Desk (Image credit: jsmjr / Flickr)

Technology truly is a double-edged sword. Having all these computers and gadgetry has certainly made many aspects of our lives easier than they would have been for earlier generations, but they may also be having a detrimental effect on our health too. Instead of physically getting up and walking over to talk to your neighbor, you might roll over and send him a text message. Instead of partaking in physical labor, most of us have desk jobs. The sedentary lifestyle is not good for our activity level, our posture, our vision and all sorts of other things. One way to counteract that is by setting up a standing desk instead. This forces your body to work a little harder and you may be more focused too, improving your productivity. You might even consider taking it one step further (no pun intended) and installing a slow treadmill in front of your desk.

Keep Your Home Nice and Clean

Sometimes, the things that are preventing you from leading a healthier life are the things that you cannot see at all. In addition to clearing out the clutter, it’s important to keep your home and home office as clean as possible. Having all that dust kicking around is terrible for your respiration and who knows what other allergens are fogging up your head. There is a lot to know about buying the right air purifier, but they’re worth the investment. If you find you don’t have time to vacuum all the time, getting a Roomba might not be a bad idea. And you can ensure you don’t run into smoke or CO2 problems with a Nest Protect too.

Make Your Bedroom a Tech-Free Zone

Using an iPad in Bed (Image credit: krossbow / Flickr)

Using an iPad in Bed (Image credit: krossbow / Flickr)

For us gadget-addicted geeks, this may be one of the most difficult choices to make. If you’re like me, then you may have the habit of charging your smartphone right next to your bed. You might catch yourself using your tablet or laptop in bed too. These are not good habits, because they can negatively impact the amount and quality of sleep that you receive. Keep that radiation and those backlit screens away from your place of slumber and focus on getting a good night’s rest.

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